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us columnist and detail editor, dani henninger and kim strassel. dan, we like to say for a long time we live in a center-right country. if you look at the last two presidential elections that doesn't seem to be the case. are we living now in a new, progressive era? >> in terms of the presidency, i think we are, paul. i'm not sure about the country. barack obama i think is the center left or left wing president since the great depression and i think that what barack obama has in mind to do is indeed to redistribute income from the top downward, not to cut spending, but to increase spending, it's explicit from a 20% of gdp to 25% gdp and rather than cut spending raise taxes as necessary to support that spending and i would say that is in fact essentially the french model. and the question is whether it can support enough growth in the economy. >> paul: taxes are going up, we know that, spending, going up for sure even before the health care law kicks in. so, we are moving in that direction, particularly in the entitlement state. not reforming it, but actually expanding it. >> aen what
: dan taylor is disabled vet. served on the uss enterprise in the navy. dan lost a leg to diabetes but still laid out the entire light show and his neighbors and everyone who drives by seem to love it. >> you talk about super dan here. this man is amazing. he actually has one leg. he has diabetes, bless his heart. he did more with a man with one leg than i have seen a lot of men with like two legs. he has been climbing ladders here at the home. look at it. it is just amazing. my heart fills out. >> reporter: dan somehow gets up and down his ladder and strings lights. he has only display on his block. >> he got one leg. did it with a wheelchair or something. that was so awesome what he did. >> reporter: dan got help from his niece's young sons. the lights also serve as comfort for the family. dan lost his wife and his niece lost her husband. the christmas season is so very special to this close-knit family. >> just means a lot. he lost his wife a few months before i lost my husband. and, like he said, god, god works in mysterious ways. we have our little family here that he put toge
. dan bowens of fox affiliate wnyw in new york has this report. >> these two buttons straightforward. >> reporter: for a boy who wants to be a firefighter when he grows up, christmas gifts don't get much better than this. >> it is cool to hang out with my dad and hang out with the guys because this is obviously what i want to do when i'm older. >> reporter: he spent this holiday at ladder company 15 with his dad, nathan. nathan is one of crew at the firehouse in lower manhattan. like emergency personnel everywhere working on the holiday is just part of the job. this year this father and son are glad to spend it together. >> i'm a single father. he just moved in with me about a year ago and it's, it is hard at times. it is challenging but, you know, the job itself very understanding. i mean it's a brotherhood. >> reporter: the christmas tree here is in the same room as memorial to firefighters who lost their lives on september 11th, a remind lieutenant gregory lynch says how quickly life can change at any time any day. >> we're here for the city 24 hours. we never close. >> reporter:
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